Dog Halloween Costumes - Safety First!

Dog Halloween costumes have become increasingly popular the last few years. Some families like to have their dogs with them while trick-or-treating for security purposes but why not dress your buddy up for Halloween and allow him to join the fun as long as you keep dog Halloween safety in mind. With a properly trained dog, and dog-loving neighbors, it can be a family event.

Many dogs love the attention they get when dressed up and some do not. Those who do not may get stressed.


Here are some tips you can try to get your dog to like the costume idea:

  • Do not wait until Halloween night to put your dog's Halloween costume on. Start a couple of weeks prior. Use treats to motivate him.
  • Let your best friend sniff around the costume, drape it over him for a minute, give him a treat and praise. Do this several times.
  • Do the above on a daily basis, leaving the costume on longer each time. Then actually put the costume on him, loosely, and repeat what you have done in the above instructions. A minute at first and then gradually increase the time. Accompany this with lots of treats and praise.
  • If your dog gets nervous and upset, and just doesn't like the idea of being dressed, forget the costume idea. A simple doggy t-shirt, Halloween collar or bandana may be a better alternative.
Dog Halloween Costume Safety
  • The fit should be right - not too tight or constricting.
  • Avoid obstruction to the breathing, sight, barking or hearing.
  • Costume should not cause overheating.
  • Check for items that may choke or poison your dog if he swallowed them.
  • Never leave a dog wearing any kind of costume alone and unattended.
  • Remove rubber bands.
Safety on Halloween - Inside the Home
  • Be careful that your canine friend does not escape when you open your door to trick-or-treaters.
  • If your dog accidentally escapes it is a good idea to have a reflector on him it may save him from being hit by a car.
  • Have ID on your dog just in case he does get loose.
  • Consider keeping him in another room, crated, or on a leash.
  • Candy and wrappers will be everywhere on Halloween but you must keep them away your pets. Give your dog a doggy treat, biscuit or chew toy chew toy so he won’t feel left out.
Safety on Halloween - Outside
  • Do not leave your dog outside on Halloween. Every Halloween pets are also stolen, tormented, tortured and injured.
  • If you walk your dog during Halloween, be vigilant of what he may pick up along the path.
  • Do have your dog on a leash and make sure he is wearing a collar and ID.
  • Keep your dog away from jack-o-lanterns. Place lighted candles and Jack O'Lanterns where they can't be knocked over by pets.
Shopping for Dog Halloween Costumes:

If your dog has the personality and temperament to accompany your kids trick-or-treating, there are a variety of costumes available in pet-friendly sizes.

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Your best buddy will be talk of the walk while prancing around in this charming yet practical jacket. Charlie’s Pumpkin Hoodie. Part charming costume, part practical jacket, it’s the smartest thing going this Halloween.

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Perfect costume for your funny little buddy! Available in extra small to extra large! Easy to get on and off with velcro closures. A sewn-in harness hole allows for convenient leash attachment.

Amazon is a great place to shop for dog Halloween costumes, they offer lots of options and have reasonable prices.

If your dog is a tad nervous and finds noise stressful. There are a variety of Calming products available, designed for storm and travel shy pets, which are also useful on Halloween. Comfort Zone For Dogs is a plug-in diffuser that releases a calming pheromone or the spray which you can use on bedding, furniture, etc.

  • Reduces or completely stops stress-related behavior including barking, whimpering and whining, chewing, urination and defecation.
  • Reduces or eliminates separation anxiety.
  • Calms dogs during thunderstorms and fireworks or when left home alone.

Dog Halloween costumes are a great way to include your buddy in the festivities. Have a safe, fun and Happy Halloween!

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